To Get Better Landscape Photography, Neutral Density Filters Should Be Included by Your Camera Equipment!
Now's photo hint concerns the neutral density filter. To get better landscape photography, this is just another piece of camera equipment that should be at all times in your bag! It's another filter effect that can not be duplicated after the fact. It has to be in the camera.
I'm sure you have seen landscape photography of a waterfall.
You can shoot it so that every drop of water is in sharp relief... or you'll be able to shoot it so that it resembles a huge string of cotton candy! And everything in between!
By the way, are you aware that Niagara Falls really ceased flowing for about 20 hours in 1848 because there was ice which was obstructing the Niagara River? Picture a before and after shot of THAT!
Anyway, back to our tip...
We all know that to get the image that is sharp, we to get the cotton candy blur we want a slow one and desire a quick shutter speed.
Another good reason to set your camera on guide! You won't ever get award winning shots on automatic! They'll look like everyone else's.
Imagine if we desire an extremely slow shutter speed, but it's a brilliant daytime? Only a specific amount of light can be let in for an excellent exposure as you understand - it is going to ruin the picture if you let in too much.
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So we first start closing down the aperture. What if that's not enough? suppose that we're at the smallest aperture setting - and we still have too much light.
Our next choice would be to go with the slowest film or ISO setting we can. That's nice, it is going to give us nicely saturated, noise free shots... but there are limitations.
The simple fix would be to obstruct a few of that light, since our problem is the fact that too much light is entering the lens.
Enter the 'Neutral Density Filter'.
The neutral density filter is a filter that's made to block a a predetermined amount of light. That's all! It does not change the light in any way - it's inert. The light entering the lens has all the same properties; there is just less of it.
Voilla! You're now able to shoot at that silky, waterfall that is cotton sweet - on a bright sunny day!
Neutral density filters come in a variety of strengths. It's possible for you to block one stop of light, three, five, and so on. Plus various densities can be 'stacked' for even more light blockage. You could place a five stop and also a three stop neutral density filter together for eight full stops! (That is a LOT of light!)
Neutral density filters have lots of uses, not only for waterfalls. In tomorrows photo tip post, I Will go into even more cool things you can do to improve your landscape photography with these indispensable camera equipment accessories.